Grants Explained

Our aim is to empower businesses, sporting clubs, community groups and not-for-profit organisations in the City of Tea Tree Gully to find and successfully apply for grant funding, again and again, without wasting time and effort.

How do grants work?

Grants are generally not about you or your business, even when you win them. Grants are offered by government and corporations to help fulfil their policy and aims. When your project aligns with these aims and helps achieve those goals, then you are more likely to be successful. So it’s always important to consider the intention of the grant funding program you are applying for.

Who can receive grants?

When applying for a grant, review the eligibility criteria. This will tell you whether you should apply. Grants are generally provided for projects, with a beginning and end, and are available for a broad range of activities, including:

  • Research & Development
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability and Green Technology
  • Export
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • IT & Communication Services
  • Medical & Biotechnology

The solution: a 4-step approach

To be successful, we suggest the following approach:

  • Step 1 – Review: Review the eligibility criteria and the requirements of the grant, then weigh up the effort required and the potential benefit. It’s also important to assess the alignment of your project with the aims of the funding program as well as your ability to deliver your proposed project.
  • Step 2 – Strategise: Build a sustainable approach and allocate time to finding and applying for grants applicable to your business and the industry you operate in.
  • Step 3 – Grant writing: A certain amount of skill and experience certainly helps when it comes to grant writing. You need to describe your business and its activities in a clear, concise and consistent manner and make a convincing case for your proposed project. Remember, you can always seek the assistance from a qualified grant writer.
  • Step 4 – Grant management – Once you have received a grant, the real work starts. Consider your capacity to record, report, and measure the project and acquit the grant funds.

When it usually goes wrong?

Most people start and end at Step 3 – Grant writing. As a result, most grant applications fail, leading to lost time, effort and money. It is important to start with steps 1 and 2 – Review and Strategise. By constantly seeking and applying for grants that are best suited to you, you increase your chances of being successful. And as you apply for more grants, your internal ability will increase.